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Friday, 22 September 2017 11:43

Walking Map

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 All of our walks at a glance! 

The map shows the current border of all of the walks we have, and the coloured Icons represent the level of difficulty for each walk. 

green1 Easy difficulty level. Offered in the Explore Inland walking holiday.

orange1Medium difficulty level. Offered in both the Explore Inland & Hiking the Summits walking holidays.

redman1 Hard difficulty level. Offered in the Hiking the Summits walking holidays.

black Great Malaga Path - Long distance footpath.

 

 

 

Published in Walking
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:24

Flora, Fauna & Geology

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Geology

 

Arco de GibraltarOn your final descent towards Malaga Airport, you would’ve noticed that you cross a narrow range of mountains that run roughly east to west. These mountains form the western end of the Penibaetic system, which is part of the Baetic System which itself is a part of the ‘Gibraltar Arc’.
Formed by the north–south convergence of the Eurasian and African plates, the range is around 23 million years old and stretches from Cadiz in the west to Valencia in the east, and also includes the Balearic Islands.

Our walking extends from the limestone gorges of El Chorro in the west across to the coastal cliffs of La Herradura in the east. Within this area we have El Torcal, the Central Limestone Arch and the Tejeda, Almijara & Alhama natural park. Geologically these are still very young mountains, and this can be seen by the sharp ridges, steep faces and rocky slopes.


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Another important geological feature that is found here is the Limestone Karst, perfectly visible in the El Torcal nature reserve, and featured throughout many of the walks, particularly whilst in the Central Limestone Arch and high up in the Sierra de Loja. It can make the walking tough, with the smaller Karst being randomly spaced and with razor sharp edges, but its' presence adds to the uniqueness of the walk.

  

Flora

 

flora3There is so much here to enjoy that a few paragraphs can do it no justice, although what follows is a brief introduction!

The Iberian Peninsula, particularly the south-west, is bar far the richest in plant species in continental Europe. The diversity of the flora in Iberia can be attributed to many reasons, but the lack of a permanent ice cap in the last ice age, the proximity to North Africa, the geographical isolation, and the climate have been major contributors.

 

flora4As we explore you’ll discover oaks, pines, matorral plants, mountain plants, and the endemic plants, but by far the most abundant tree you’ll see is the olive tree. Not a truly native tree of Iberia, there are an estimated 300 million olive trees in Spain, with 70 million in Andalucía alone! Where the landscape is broken by limestone karst, which makes it difficult to harvest the olives, we can see a mixture of holm oak and wild olive growing together.

  

Fauna

flora5aThere is a lot to see in our little part of Andalucía, and although it may take a few return visits to view more, along the way we’ll have chance to discover many mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Of significant interest is the birdlife. The proximity of Africa, the migration routes, the combination of the mountain, steppe and maritime habits and, of course, the year-round superb climate make an ornithological visit memorable and rewarding.
There’s a lot of interesting information on wildlife at this great website.

 

Published in Walking
Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:05

Walking Holidays Price List

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Booking your walking holiday with us couldn’t be easier. We've listed below the complete cost for each walking holiday, although you'll need to follow the link back to the individual holiday to check on availability.

And remember that the price you see is what you pay! No hidden extras, everything is included to give you a great walking holiday.

Fully Inclusive Costs per Person - Prices are in Euros

Holiday
 Explore Inland - Long Weekend
 Explore Inland - Full Week
 Great Malaga Path Challenge
 Christmas 2020 Walking Week
No. of nights
 4
 7
 9
 7
Days of walking
 3
 5
 7
 5
Rest days
 0
 1
 1
 1
Cost per person
 €379
 €599
 €799
 €699


Booking Information

Pricing – The prices shown above are fully inclusive and include everything you'll need while you are here. 

How to Book – All of our walking holidays are scheduled, so please check with the specific information on each holiday to see what dates are available. To secure your booking you will need to eventually complete a booking form, but in the first instance you can contact us to discuss any details of the holiday.

Arrival - On the day of arrival we'll use this time to relax before starting the walks, It's also an opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers.

Departure – There is nothing planned on the day of departure, so depending on the time of your return flight you can relax by the pool, or take a trip to Comares for one last tapas.

Additional Days – It is possible to add extra days onto your holiday (for additional adventures/activities etc.). Please contact us for further information.

 

Published in Walking
Sunday, 26 March 2017 15:28

Great Malaga Path Challenge

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The Great Malaga Path - An epic long-distance footpath, completed in 2014, that circles the province of Malaga. With a total of 35 stages covering 745 kms, this circular walk starts and finishes in the town of Malaga, and takes the walker through some of the most beautiful areas of this province.

 

  

gmpco2aThe Challenge - Join us as we traverse the eastern section of the path from the small village of Villanueva del Rosario, all the way to the coastal village of Maro, travelling through the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park, which is unarguaby one of the most dramatic and spectacular parts of the walk. Incredible scenery, challenging paths, and undeniably Andalucían!

Key Facts – 8 days (including one rest day), 130 kilometres / 82 miles long, 5100 metres / 16'830 feet of ascent, 1387 metres / 4550 feet highest point

 

gmpco4The Route – Hiking the eastern side of the GR249 is more dramatic, in our opinion, when reversed! We start in the village of Villanueva del Rosario, which is located north of the ‘Central Limestone Arch’ and make our way south to the coastal village of Maro. The first half of the challenge takes us across the ridge of mountains that form part of the Central Limestone Arch, and then into the lower slopes of Olive Groves, and finally into the western flank of the Sierra de Tejeda natural park. 

 

 

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The final part of our challenge is in the Tejeda & Almijara natural park, where the walking takes on a more serious feel. Initially we skirt along the border, and then start the climb up into the heart of the park, reaching an altitude of 1387 metres (4550 feet) with breath-taking views all around, particularly towards the coast. We complete our hike as we drop down from the natural park and finish at the coast on Maro beach.

 

 

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On The Trail – The GR249 uses an existing network of excellent paths and tracks, and so doesn’t present any real difficulty. However, the section that rises to the second highest point of the walk (day 7) is steep, with parts of the path very loose, so care is required here. There are also two consecutive days that total over 50kms (31 miles) of walking, so participants need to be able to cope with this duration of walking. For a better feel of the walk, have a read of our 'On The Trail' article or browse through the guidebook. For any additional information please contact us by email.

 

Our Offer – The ‘Great Malaga Path Challenge’ is offered as a fully inclusive holiday. We’ll collect you from the airport (or other locations upon request) and bring you to your accommodation for the week. You’ll stay in a single or double room, with en suite and wi-fi, and includes full board. Each day we make the short journey to the start of each stage, and return at the end of the day.

2020 Dates

Friday 10th to Sunday 19th April - Fully Booked

2021 Dates

Friday 2nd to Sunday 11th April - €799 per person

 

 

Published in Walking
Sunday, 26 March 2017 12:09

Fully Inclusive Walking Holidays

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Let us take care of you during your visit to Andalucía with our great walking holiday packages. We’re here to take all of the hassle out of booking your holiday, and to provide you with a unique insight into this amazing part of Southern Spain. There’s no hidden costs, everything has been provided, all you need to do is just arrive, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Arrival & Departure – Malaga airport is the point of entry for most of our guests, so we’ll be there to meet you when you arrive, and to ensure that you’re returned within plenty of time prior to your departure. If you plan to arrive somewhere different then it may be possible for us to arrange to collect you, please just let us know before booking.

Accommodation – You’ll be staying at our activity centre, a beautifully restored Spanish Finca, in the heart of inland Axarquia. Offering you peace and tranquillity it gives you an insight into rural life in southern Spain, and is a world away from the tourism of the coast. All bedrooms are en-suite, with free Wi-Fi and satellite television.

Great Food & Drink – If you book one of our ‘full board’ walking holidays then you can be confident that you’ll have all the energy you need to enjoy your day of exploring! Breakfast includes the choice of Continental, or the option of a ‘Full English’ cooked breakfast, with as much tea, coffee and fruit juice as you want. Bread, meat, cheese and fruit is provided for you to make your lunch, which you’ll pack into your rucksac for your walk. Each evening you’ll return to a three-course meal, prepared with locally sourced produce. We’re able to provide for vegetarians and those who need gluten or lactose free ingredients, please enquire at time of booking. 

Transport -  No need to hire a car while you’re here as we provide you with all of the transport needed. All of our routes are within 60 minutes from us, and whether it is a linear or a circular walk, there will always be a lift home!

 

Published in Walking
Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:36

Walking Holidays

Great walking and hiking holidays in Andalucia

Walkking holidays1Andalucía is the southernmost province on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the meeting point of continental Europe with Africa, and where the waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean battle their way through the narrow straits of Gibraltar. It’s cultural significance in the history of Spain can be seen throughout many of its’ reigions; from the Neolithic period, the occupation of the Romans, the Moorish invasion, and the battles of the Reconquista’s.

The diversity of these landscapes and geographical terrain gives rise to an array of environments that go from the sun soaked beaches of the costa’s through to the luxuriant mid-mountain areas and right up to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Walkking holidays2Located in the Malaga province, and bordering the provinces of Granada, Cordoba and Seville we are fortunate to have an array of beautiful walking and hiking areas that allow you to experience such a diverse landscape; from the coastal paths of the Costa del Sol, to the high peaks of the national parks, and the beautiful paths and tracks that weave their way through the small white Andalucían villages.

Having one of the best climates in Europe means that walking is almost a year-round activity, so if you’re one of our neighbours in Northern Europe then you can escape the long grey cold days of winter, and join us for warm, clear and sunny days of walking!

walking holidays3Our guided walking holidays are based from our Guesthouse and are fully inclusive, and offered to suit all levels of fitness and ability. We only run our holidays for small groups, ensuring that you receive a high level of care, and always with a feeling of being unhurried.

Choose from guided long walking weekends, or a full week of guided walking. If you want to bring a group, or maybe spend more than a week walking, or select your own itinerary, then contact us so that we can design a holiday just as you'd like it!

 

  Themed Walking Holidays 

 

explore1Exploring Inland - Discover the beauty of Andalucia

Gentle walks through the olive groves, mountains, and riverbeds as we explore the beauty of inland Andalucia.

Weekend & Week long holidays available.

From only €379 per person 

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Great Malaga Path Challenge

From the mountain to the coast, and all the best that this path has to offer inbetween, join us on the Gran Senda de Malaga Challenge. We'll be covering 135 kms of this path as it descends from Villanueva del Rosario to Nerja.  

 Only €799 per person

 

 

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xmas titleChristmas 2020 Walking Week

Escape to the sun for Christmas with a bespoke walking holiday. During this week of walking we’ll visit natural parks, walk along protected coastal paths, and a day on the famous Caminito del Rey. 

Only €699 per person

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